The Adventure Brings…

A summer’s worth talking about for years to come. Children will be engaged in a variety of activities that promote their educational learning along with their social-emotional growth. Children will work individually, with partners, and in teams to create a summer that will be an “adventure” of a lifetime. 

We are partnering with ISU Educational Outreach, Dubuque County Farm Bureau Educational Outreach, and other local organizations to enrich our programs with activities that provide meaningful experiences and thoughtful engagement. 

 Students will also learn how to communicate effectively with others by participating in social skills lessons and a special opportunity to learn ASL (American Sign Language) throughout the summer. By the end of the summer, students will be able to communicate basic conversational topics with one another without talking. 


June 7 – August 13, 2021

Caring for children who have completed Kindergarten through 12 years old.


Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM 


$149 Member/Week* per child

$169 Non-Member/Week per child

Registration Fee: $25 per child (one-time fee)

*Must have a 1 or 2 adult household membership for the member rate.





Children will be grouped according to their previous year of schooling to best fit their educational needs as well as emotional-social needs. Students will work individually, in teams, and as a whole group to complete crazy adventures based on their weekly themes.

Weekly activities will include | STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) | Gym/Outside Time | Crafts | Two by Two Character Development | Daily Reading | and so much more


Please use the form above to register for our Summer Adventure. Drop off or send registration forms and full payment to Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, 35 N Booth St., Dubuque, IA 52001. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and spots will only be available for a limited amount of children. Please turn all registration requirements in to reserve your spot. 


Consider a Y family membership so your child can enjoy a whole year of activities at the member rate. Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA family memberships are available on a monthly draft or annual payment plan.


The Dubuque Y now offers income-based pricing which allows individuals and families to provide documentation of income and receive an adjusted rate that fits them for the membership type they are looking for. To see how much your membership would be with our new income-based pricing and the process/what you will need to sign up please visit (


What are you doing to ensure the health and safety of my child during COVID-19? We know and understand that sending your children to day camp may be unnerving right now due to COVID-19. We promise to provide the best quality care possible and follow all recommendations put out by the CDC, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Human Services.

Do I need a Family Membership to receive the member rate? Yes, please see the information above or call the front desk for more information.

Is there a registration fee? Yes, there is a $25 per child one-time fee.

Should my child bring a lunch? Yes, your child may bring a healthy lunch, but it is not required. We will provide CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) certified breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day to children. The weekly menu will be available online as well as to pick up at the front desk. 

*Please mark any lunch sacks with children’s first and last names! 

What items should I pack? Daily items to bring would be a refillable water bottle, hat, and closed-toed shoes. If you are providing sunscreen this needs to stay at the YMCA with an updated sunscreen form and the child’s name clearly written on the bottle! 

Items to pack when advised are Swimsuits | Towels | Goggles | Summer Adventure Shirts |any items a staff member informs you to bring.  

*Please leaves all additional items at home the YMCA and Summer Adventures Program is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Where is Summer Adventures located? 35 N Booth St, Dubuque IA 52001

What do the themes mean? Weekly themes are the overall concept of what students will be focusing on during that week. Activities, field trips, lessons, and outreach programs will all be in relation to the weekly theme. 

What if it is very hot outside? We will limit the time in the sun as much as possible and shorten some activities on some days weather depending.


Any other questions are available via our FAQ document!